Roland-Garros 2022 is over. Sunday June 5, the master of the place, Rafael Nadal, went to win his 14th crown in Paris, ending two weeks of emotions and exploits at Porte d’Auteuil.
If the new coronation of the Majorcan – his 22nd Grand Slam title, a record for men – logically takes all the light, this new edition of the French Open was marked by several performances and matches that will be remembered. The writing of france info: sports selected several highlights.
Nadal wins the clash of legends against Djokovic, then his 14th Roland
The 59th clash between two legends of men’s tennis has turned in favor of the Mallorcan. A prestigious poster which, ironically of the draw for the main draw, took place in the quarter-finals. Scheduled as a “night session”, the clash of the titans kept all its promises on a Philippe-Chatrier court with strong Spanish accents.
For 4:12, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic multiplied the blows of brilliance in mondovision. But on Parisian clay, the master of the place is still the “bull of Manacor” and it was he who dictated his law against the defending champion. The gluttonous Nadal has therefore enjoyed a prestigious victory against his best enemy, whom he is now ahead of by two Grand Slam titles (22 against 20).
A success far from being synonymous with a sure coronation for the Mallorcan, who had to face Alexander Zverev (n°3) for a place in the final. A long-term duel between the two players, which was cut short by the injury of the German at the end of the second set. Only two rounds, but already three hours of high intensity play, both physically and mentally, as “Rafa” was put in difficulty by “Sascha”.
On his golden road towards his 14th coronation at Roland-Garros, the Spaniard finally found Casper Ruud (n°8), surprise finalist, who came from a part of the table much less dense than that of the Mallorcan. A meeting which finally proved to be the easiest and fastest of his second week of competition on the Parisian ocher. For the first time Porte d’Auteuil, Rafael Nadal lifts the Mousquetaires Cup by having eliminated four players from the Top 10. Indestructible.
The two Musketeers Tsonga and Simon bid farewell to Roland
In front of an audience who came for him, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga delivered a final fight of almost four hours on the Philippe-Chatrier court, the last of an exceptional career which will have made him the best tricolor player of the 21st century. Facing finalist Casper Ruud, “Jo” battled for four sets before giving up (6-7 [6-8]7-6 [7-4]6-2, 7-6 [7-0]), abandoned by his shoulder and his physique. An exit with honors, but also in suffering and in tears, 18 years after the start of his professional career.
Honored after his match, surrounded by his family, his former coaches as well as his friends from the “new Musketeers” (Gaël Monfils, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon), the Manceau read a poignant text. Before closing the chapter, at a press conference, declaring his love for the French public one last time: “It was one of the best atmospheres of my career”.
More or less, the words were the same on Gilles Simon’s side. His first round against the number 16 seed, Pablo Carreno Busta, in five sets (6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 1-6, 6-4) and 3h54 of play is not ready to leave the spirits of the spectators present on the Simonne-Mathieu court until the end of the night, on Tuesday May 24.
Winner of Steve Johnson in the second round (7-5, 6-1, 7-6) before falling to semi-finalist Marin Cilic (0-6, 3-6, 2-6), “Gillou” lived his last shivers Porte d’Auteuil. Physically exhausted, but happy to have played at a high level for the last time on Parisian clay, before hanging up at the end of the season.
The Parry revelation takes date
On the French side, it was she who lit up the fortnight. Diane Parry, 19 years old and without any complex, offered herself a great adventure until the third round Porte d’Auteuil. She first eliminated defending champion and world number 2 Barbora Krejcikova despite a set delay, then dominated Colombian Camila Osorio, before losing to former finalist Sloane Stephens.
“When I look at my career I’m satisfied, it’s my best performance in a Grand Slam”, reacted the young player after her elimination on May 27. She has already made an appointment for the next Major, at Wimbledon, in July.
Among the other good surprises in the table, Léolia Jeanjean also marked the start of the fortnight. For his first Grand Slam tournament, played at the age of 26, the former star of the yellow ball passed the first two rounds without losing a set and brought a breath of fresh air to the Parisian courts.
The pair Mladenovic – Garcia offers the pass of two
Six years later, Kristina Mladenovic and Carolina Garcia did it again. The two French women won their second doubles victory, dominating the American pair Coco Gauff-Jessica Pegula (2-6, 6-3, 6-2). A difficult end to the fortnight for the first, also beaten in the singles final by Iga Swiatek on Saturday.
For Kristina Mladenovic, this is a fourth doubles title on Parisian clay, after her two successes with Timea Babos in 2019 and 2020, and her first trophy with Garcia in 2016, therefore.
Debru, the junior who has everything of a great
He perpetuated the tradition of French winners in juniors in Paris, a year after Luca Van Assche. At 16 years old and 95 meters tall, Gabriel Debru dominated the tournament from the first to the last match, before winning the final against Belgian Gilles Arnaud Bailly (7-6, 6-3). Having become the darling of the French public, who accompanied him to their heart’s content to sing “The Marseillaise”Debru has already conquered the supporters.
The Grenoble native also took part in qualifying for the main draw, a week before the start of the junior tournament. He became the youngest player to win a match since Bernard Tomic in 2008, after obliterating Arthur Fils, junior finalist in 2021. And he does not intend to stop there: “I have Wimbledon juniors in mind, I will take the goals one by one. I will prepare well for the grass season. Afterwards, we will see for the Futures tournaments and some Challengers in France.”
Return to Earth for Alcaraz and Rune
Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune arrived full of ambition on Parisian clay, ready to create a surprise. The two 19-year-olds initially shone, in line with their strong start to the season on the surface, before coming up against top-level experience in the quarter-finals.
The Spanish phenom fell to world number 3 Alexander Zverev, after a fight lasting more than three hours in four sets. But he has already made an appointment for the sequel: “I have to improve for the next Grand Slam. I’m not far from reaching a semi-final and winning it. I have the level, I have the confidence to win a Grand Slam.”
The whimsical Dane himself fell against Casper Ruud, seeded n ° 8, at the end of a tense match, in which he got carried away by his emotions and lacked maturity. On the Parisian ochre, the stars of tomorrow grow up, but continue to learn.
The invincible Swiatek grabs a second coronation
Even if she defended herself from catching up with Serena Williams – “She’s going to remain the greatest player of all time for a very long time to come” – Iga Swiatek overtook her on Saturday, June 4, after her victory in the final against Coco Gauff (6-1, 6-3). The Polish, undefeated since February 16, 2022, signed a 35th success in a row by winning her second title at Roland-Garros, in fact overtaking the American and her 34 victories in a row.
The world number 1, who only dropped a set against Zheng in the 4th round, proved that she was indeed the queen of the WTA circuit. A complete player, tactically very fair and able to cover the entire court in defense, Iga Swiatek – who celebrated her 21st birthday last Tuesday – is currently invincible, no more, no less.
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